‘Tis the Season to be Thankful and Enjoy Great Food

news-freedom-elder-care-new-jersey-healthy-thanksgiving-seniors-agingIt’s Thanksgiving, a time to be with your loved ones and to sit down to a delicious feast!  But although it’s just one day out of the year, Thanksgiving tends to mark the beginning of a food free-for-all that can lead to a weight gain for the average American.

Although most of us don’t want to deprive ourselves during the holidays, we should also be mindful of what we are eating. Plus, we should look out for those with special dietary requirements to ensure they get the nutrients they need without overindulging.

Eating well is important for everyone, but even more so for older adults. According to the National Institutes of Health, a healthy, balanced diet in your later years reduces your risk of:

  • Osteoporosis
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Certain cancers

Fortunately, the fall brings a bounty of delicious, nutritious fruits and vegetables that are sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. From butternut squash and beets, to cranberries and apples, there is no shortage of tasty treats that can be incorporated into any meal.

And if you have anything left over from the big day, there are plenty of healthy recipes to try.

It truly is the season to be thankful! From our family at Freedom to yours, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Bon appétit!